Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Energy Week 2015

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October 4 - 8

2015 Energy Week Overview

2015 Energy Week Schedule

Energy Week 2015 brings together the best of scientific developments, research, and career opportunities in sustainable energy in an effort to inform the Notre Dame and surrounding community members of the importance of the role of energy in our lives. From local sustainability initiatives to global policy forums, we want to bring sustainable energy to the forefront of discussion.

Sunday, October 4

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    11:45 am – Mass for the Care of Our Common Home
    Basilica of the Sacred Heart

    October 4th is traditionally the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis’ most recent encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home,” begins with words taken from St. Francis’ moving “Canticle of the Creatures.” The homily during the Folk Choir Mass by Rev. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., will focus on our responsibility to care for the gift of creation. A special dessert buffet will follow dinner at NDH and SDH.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Minor in Sustainability, and ND Food Services.

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    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm – Film Screening - Catching the Sun - and Pizza Dinner
    Geddes Hall Auditorium

    Catching the Sun is a documentary about the global race to lead the clean energy future. It follows the hope and heartbreak of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China involved in clean energy, especially solar power. There will be a pizza dinner after the movie and an opportunity to network with an ND alumna who currently works as a solar power campaign organizer for Environment Colorado. To RSVP for the event, click here

    This event is sponsored by ND Energy, GreeND, Environment Colorado, Impact, Notre Dame Sustainability Minor.

Monday, October 5

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    10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Quad Display
    South Quad near Fitzpatrick and Cushing Hall (Rain location: LaFortune Ballroom)
    Come and learn about ways to get involved in the future of energy on campus, in the local community, and on a national level. There will be cookies, shirts, and plenty of swag to help kick-off Energy Week!
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    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Career Night
    Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business
    Representatives from local and national energy companies will present information about careers in the energy business. Light refreshments will be served.
    Chance to win Fitbits and Starbucks gift cards.  *Must be present to win prizes.  Register here.

Tuesday, October 6

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    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – "Can We Save the World with Nuclear Energy?"
    Washington Hall Auditorium

    Gwyneth Cravens, American novelist and journalist, is best known for her writings on nuclear power as a safe and reliable alternative energy source and one that is an essential preventive of global warming. She is the author of Terrorism and Nuclear Energy: Understanding the Risks (published in 2002) and most recently Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy (published in 2007). She has contributed numerous articles and given countless talks on nuclear energy, emphasizing the need for environmental and technical communities to work together to reduce the anthropogenic causes of catastrophic climate change. Cravens will be joined by Notre Dame Faculty Experts, Dr. Peter C. Burns, The Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Concurrent Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director of ND Energy, and Director of the Energy Frontiers Research Center on the Materials Science of Actinides; Dr. Don Howard, Professor of Philosophy and Fellow, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Dr. Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Concurrent Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and the moderator will be Dr. Michael Desch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

Copies of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy will be given to the first 50 attendees. The author will be available after her talk to autograph the books.

This event is funded by the IBM Women's Lecture Series and jointly sponsored by ND Energy, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and College of Engineering.

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    7:00 pm – Film Screening:  Overburden: Two Women and the Mountain between Them
    DeBartolo Hall 101
    The celebration of the life of St. Francis of Assisi continues with a screening of an award-winning film that explores the environmental, economic, and human challenges posed by coal mining in Appalachia. The screening will be followed by discussion with the film's director. Watch the trailer here.

    This event is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and Minor in Sustainability.

Wednesday, October 7

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    11:00 am  AND 12:00 pm – Power Plant Tours
    Notre Dame Power Plant
    This is one of Notre Dame’s best kept tour secrets. Learn how the campus gets its power and the amazing energy saving measures the University has taken in recent years.  Tours are limited to adults with Notre Dame ID's.  Spaces are limited, so sign up soon.  If you are unable to attend on Wednesday, there will be another opportunity to schedule a tour on Thursday.
    Reservations required, please sign up here.
  • Energy Week 2014 Poster Session

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Energy Research Poster Session  
    Jordan Hall of Science Galleria
    Notre Dame researchers will discuss their energy-related research projects during a poster demonstration, highlighting current research projects in science, engineering, business, architecture, and the social sciences.

***Notre Dame Researchers:  If you would like to present a research poster during this event, please sign up here. We welcome presentations on energy-related research from all colleges and schools. 

Thursday, October 8

  • 11:00 and 12:00 pm – Power Plant Tours
    Notre Dame Power Plant
    This is the final day of Power Plant tours.  Reservations required, please sign up here.
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    7:00 pm – Energy Policy Forum: "Policy for a New Energy Future - Can Public and Private Sectors Unite to Fuel the Clean Economy?"
    Washington Hall Auditorium

    Public and private interests in the energy future of the United States are trying to push us in different directions. Panelists will offer insights into conflicting short-term and long-term energy policy, who is or should be controlling it, and what the consequences and benefits of a united policy would be. 

    Robert N. Schleckser (ND ’78), Vice President and Treasurer, ExxonMobil Corporation
    James Mueller (ND ’04), Chief of Staff, City of South Bend
    Bruce Huber, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

    Chances to win Fitbits and Starbucks gift cards.  *Must have registered ticket and be present to win prize.  Register for tickets here.

Friday, October 9 - Saturday, October 10

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    Gameday Recycling - University of Notre Dame
    At each home game, dozens of students circulate through the tailgate lots, distributing blue recycling bags to fans and answering questions about single stream recycling. The program also provides permanent recycling containers throughout the tailgate lots and stadium. To learn more about the benefits of recycling, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Gameday Recycling is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.